MoH : Announcement (5/2023) – Call For Action

The Republic of Union of Myanmar

National Unity Government

Ministry of Health

Announcement (5/2023)

18th May 2023

Call for urgent international action to support Myanmar in emergency health response to Cyclone Mocha

1. The Ministry of Health, National Unity Government of Myanmar is taking serious action on the preparedness of providing emergency health response in the MOCHA Cyclone-affected areas. The MOCHA has been affecting seriously Rakhine State, Chin State, Sagaing Region, and Magway Region, and also some other parts of the country during its path. Millions of people will need humanitarian assistance and urgent medical supplies and emergency health care services.

2. People in Chin, Sagaing, and Magway will suffer a double burden of humanitarian catastrophe as they suffered seriously from the inhumane attacks of the Military Junta recently and for months. Post-disaster health care needs include direct effects of the cyclone such as injuries and disabilities, death, health infrastructure damage, disruption of medical services, and consequences of the disaster such as communicable diseases, non-communicable diseases, mental health problems, maternal and child health problems, reproductive health problems and nutritional problems.

3. Recognizing the efforts taken by UN agencies and international organizations, it is important not to miss providing emergency health response to the vulnerable population in cyclone-affected areas all over the country. All the UN agencies and international organizations need to be cautious and aware of the fact that the majority of high-risk areas to be affected by Mocha are controlled by revolution alliances and ethnic resistance organizations and are no longer under the full control of the junta military such as Rakhine, Chin, Sagaing, and Magway. So the routine and previous way of communicating and supporting through the Military Junta will not arrive to the affected population in those areas.

4. We call upon the international actors and UN agencies including WHO to urgently collaborate with the Ministry of Health, and the National Unity Government for providing emergency medical supplies and other necessary assistance for emergency healthcare services, for all consequences of Cyclone Mocha.

Ministry of Health,

National Unity Government

https://moh. nugmyanmar. org/


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Published on: 18 May 2023

Last updated: 18 May 2023